Independence Days #5
It's been a very, very busy week, so I'm ready to relax this evening with a simple meal, a local brew, and a book. But before I do, here's the Independence Days wrap-up for the week:
1. Plant something: Planted carrots, Soldier dry beans, calendula, and basil with the Southern Belle.
2. Harvest something: At the Southern Belle's on Sunday, I harvested lots of lettuce, spinach, chard, pac choi, radishes, amaranth, nettles, dill, cilantro, garlic curls, snap peas, and lavender; at the Renaissance Man's garden, I pulled radishes and picked more lemon balm.
3. Preserve something: Dried two batches of pac choi, lemon balm, nettles, lavender, spinach.
4. Reduce waste: Saved flour from rolling out pie crust; saved bags from CSA pickup to use at farmers' market.
5. Preparation and storage: Bought a big bottle of white grape juice for low-sugar fruit canning later this summer; bought a dozen little jam jars for microbatches.
6. Build local food systems: Took a permaculture class last weekend and made a few new connections there; taught My Adorable Nephews a little more about gardening; worked with the Local Roots marketing subcommittee to move ahead on the next newsletter, a film series, and other events; and started the Forty Seeds Project.
7. Eat the food: That lovely spring braise from last weekend; plenty of salads; broccoli pizza; a delicious lavender-blueberry coffee cake; and a fresh herb and greens kuku (Persian egg dish) to share with my marketing cohorts (along with local brews).
I'd like to say it's now time to rest for the weekend, but tonight is the only chance I'll get as tomorrow I'm off to the farmers' market.
And who knows what next week will bring?